Although it's early, initial indications are suggesting a major winter storm could impact Central Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday. Be alert to evolving forecasts if you are traveling next week.

When you're tracking a storm system's potential impacts this far out, several variables make pinpointing conditions difficult. Uncertainty remains regarding storm track, timing, rain vs. snow, and road conditions.

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The fact that 1/3 of all Minnesotans will be traveling for the Christmas holiday warrants an early 'heads-up' that weather has the potential to impact travel plans on December 26th and 27th.

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From the National Weather Service this afternoon: Models continue to show a powerful storm moving into the upper Mississippi Valley region. It's still too early to get wrapped up in any specifics, but if you have travel planned for after Christmas, keep an eye on the forecast trends for this system.

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